Why Music Is Important in Basic Education
|At Mason Crest Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia, students as early as fourth grade can begin learning to be part of a strings orchestra. This is my daughter holding her viola.|
By examining the records of more than one hundred thousand high school students in British Columbia, Martin Guhn, Scott D. Emerson, and Peter Gouzouasis have found that "students that were highly engaged in instrumental music were, on average, over 1 year ahead in their math, English, and science skills, compared with those peers not engaged in school music". The research published in the Journal of Educational Psychology definitely bolsters the importance of music education in our schools. The difference in Math and English scores between students engaged in instrumental music and students who are not is very significant.